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Bethesda Heart Hospital’s new advanced hybrid endovascular suite features state-of-the-art technology that will benefit patients with speedier, more precise care when facing complex cardiac and vascular conditions.
Bethesda Heart Hospital, located on the campus of Bethesda Hospital East, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is now the first in Palm Beach County — and one of few in the nation — to feature the highly sophisticated Azurion with FlexArm imaging system by Philips. The suite also includes the first commercial release of Philips Xper3 information management system for physio-monitoring, reporting, inventory and data management.
“Delivering truly outstanding care requires our clinical teams to be at the forefront of the latest developments in medicine,” says Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “Access to quality imaging solutions is key to getting faster diagnosis and treatment, which will enable us to enhance care.”
Azurion with FlexArm represents a significant advancement because it allows unprecedented image quality from a wide variety of angles, using a pivoting C-arm and gantry suspended from the ceiling. The FlexArm rotates on no less than eight axes to create virtually unlimited imaging options from head to toe for both two- and three-dimensional visualizations. That flexibility frees up medical teams to choose the best working position without the need to reposition the patient or adjust the operating table, important safety and time considerations.
The system was designed following three years of research at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
“With FlexArm, Philips’ engineers have overcome near-impossible geometric and mechanical barriers,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of the Institute, where the first FlexArm in North America was installed. “We can get the optimal view of what’s going on inside the patient without encumbering all of the clinicians that are working around the table.”
Image-guided therapy, in which treatment is performed through a small incision and guided by imaging technology, is increasingly replacing open surgery for the treatment of many diseases. Patients experience less trauma and, as a result, their hospital stay can be dramatically reduced. They often return home after one night in the hospital, and may even leave the hospital on the same day.
Correspondingly, the procedures are also becoming more complex, requiring more physicians from different disciplines to be at the patient’s tableside, working together in a highly coordinated way. Clinicians need to be able to quickly and easily visualize critical anatomy and identify changes to the patient during procedures.
The new suite can seamlessly accommodate both minimally invasive procedures and traditional open surgery, allowing clinicians to pivot in their surgical planning when necessary.
The new advanced endovascular suite will be used for more complex procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), mitral valve clip repairs, left atrial appendage occlusion surgeries and thoracic aneurysm repairs. “We have a great staff of medical experts including Dr. George Daniel, interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Geoffrey Lynn, cardiothoracic surgeon, who are very eager to care for patients using this latest technology,” said Jane Kiah, assistant vice president, Bethesda Hospital East. “Our goal is always to provide the highest quality care and have the most successful outcomes possible.”
“It’s a major addition that expands our capacity to serve the needs of this community,” added George Daniel, M.D. “This new room is built to carry us into the future. It is designed with the flexibility to accommodate new equipment and technology as new procedures are developed.”
The new suite was made possible through philanthropic support from the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, which embraced the vision for new technology.
“Our Foundation worked very hard for several years to secure support for this suite, and the community is very excited to see it come to fruition,” added Barbara James, executive director of Bethesda Hospital Foundation.
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AdventHealth on Tuesday broke ground on a new state-of-the-art building that will serve as Florida headquarters for Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

At 12 stories and 300,000 square feet, the building will be a major addition to the Orlando skyline, located next to Interstate 4 just north of the Princeton Street exit in the Health Village.

“Our community is growing, and we are seeing an increasing need for specialized care,” said Dr. Duane Davis, chief physician executive of the institutes for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “This building will allow us to expand our services, bringing world-class clinicians together in a single, convenient location.”

In addition, the tower will include space for other AdventHealth services including neuroscience, imaging, rehabilitation, and research, offering comprehensive outpatient care, all in one convenient location.

“This project will have a big economic impact, both in construction jobs and in bringing more high-paying medical jobs to downtown Orlando,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The tower is slated to open in late 2022.


Source:  Fox35 Orlando

Jax Spine & Pain Centers

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Jax Spine & Pain Centers broke ground on a $25 million surgery center and medical office building in Jacksonville Feb. 17.

The facility will be three stories and 54,000 square feet, according to a Feb. 15 report from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

University of Florida Health Jacksonville physicians will have access to the facility to perform outpatient surgeries and meet with patients.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. It will include orthopedic, gastroenterology and neurosurgical services.


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Orlando-based developer Upshot Capital Advisors LLC is seeking master plan approvals for a 177,350-square-foot medical office with a six-story parking garage at 1724 N. Mills Ave., according to city of Orlando documents. Orlando-based Jamison Commercial Partners is marketing the space for the project called Upshot Medical Center at Mills Park.

“The site is close to downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, College Park and Winter Park, and is located between two [major] U.S. hospitals,” Upshot Capital COO Juan Carlos Gomez told Orlando Business Journal. “Upshot Medical Center at Mills Park will allow medical providers in need of Class A medical office space the opportunity to serve their patients in a first-class facility.”

Upshot Capital’s Upshot North Mills LLC in December 2019 bought about 2.6 acres at 1724 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando for $3.8 million, or roughly $1.5 million an acre. The property already has entitlements for 177,350 square feet of hotel or office space.


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oak hill hospital

Every morning Mickey Smith makes the 40-minute commute from his home in Crystal River to Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando County.

But the CEO of Oak Hill Hospital is not alone. About 4,500 Citrus County residents last year chose the facility for their medical care. More than 100 people from Citrus County also work at the accredited hospital.

In a business where most hospital heads stay only a few years before moving on Smith is an anomaly. He has been the hospital head for 18 years, overseeing the hospital’s expansion from 180 beds in 2006 into a medical campus with 350 beds on its 140 acres. The hospital opened in 1984 with 96 beds.

He wants the hospital to be south Citrus County’s medical destination when people need health care or have an emergency.

The hospital, owned by Hospital Corporation of America, is a teaching hospital and enjoys several accreditations, including from The Joint Commission, Commission on Cancer, American College of Radiology, and College of American Pathologists.

It’s Hernando County’s only open-heart surgery hospital, offers orthopedic and spine surgery, pediatric emergency care, labor, delivery, NICU care, and women’s imagining.

What else does Oak Hill Hospital have going for it, according to Smith?

“It’s the same as real estate: location, location, location,” Smith said. “People are fleeing New York. People are fleeing Tampa to come here. With the Suncoast it’s easy.”

Oak Hill Hospital is also close enough to larger hospitals that can provide more specialized care if it’s needed, he said.

“The other thing that’s happened is that technology has leveled the playing field,” he said, allowing small and medium sized hospitals to offer services once only performed at larger, metropolitan facilities.

“And what’s really been transformative for us is the teaching (and residency) program,” Smith said, offering graduating medical students eight accredited programs.

The plan is to try and persuade young doctors to stay in Hernando after they finish their residency programs, helping to shore up a doctor shortage that’s also being seen across Florida and the nation.

To accomplish that the hospital’s training program is putting an emphasis on Florida medical students, said Dr. Jason Grabert, the program’s assistant director.

But to pay the bills, Smith said it all comes down to dollars and cents and Smith admits he is a numbers guy.

Outside the door of his office and in the administrative lobby, Smith has three monitors that track patients in the ER, admissions, and operating rooms.

In 2019, the hospital had more than 19,300 admissions and 65,000 ER visits. The hospital and affiliated buildings on campus has 1,900 employees.

Many of the hospital’s Citrus County patients come to the Oak Hill because of location, Smith said, citing Oak Hill as the closest hospital from Homosassa south.

But it’s also the quality of care, he said.

The hospital has about one half the turnover of its nurses than the national average, Smith said. It was the first in the United States to require all of its eligible emergency room nurses to be board certified.

Setting the ER standard higher costs the hospital more in salaries, but the ER can guarantee its patients a higher level of care, Smith said.

In a health care field where most CEOs stay a few years before moving on, Smith has headed Oak Hill Hospital 18 years. He said he wants to stay on and oversee the many improvements the hospital has undertaken.

The hospital last week had about 93% occupancy. Last year it added about 70 beds to keep up with demand.

The hospital also has its own in-house pharmacy for patients who are leaving the hospital with employees who will bring them their medications to their room. The pharmacy will also fill their prescriptions after they leave and will make free home deliveries.

Smith said that because Oak Hill is a teaching hospital he has to be committed to buying state-of-the-art equipment. He said he also wants to keep the hospital a place where young doctors want to work.

One of those doctors is Dr. Tiffany Simon who graduated from Oak Hill’s residency program.

“I always wanted to be a rural, small town doctor,” she told the Chronicle. “The hospital takes care of us and there’s no place I’d rather be.”

The hospital has the latest technology and matched the services in Atlanta where she trained, “so why not stay,” she said while working in the hospital’s ER.

Dr. Bradley Stellflug said the hospital’s reputation is drawing patients, especially from outside the county.

“Ask anybody. Patients are asking to come here,” he said.

Dr. Hamoui Nabeel is an interventionist in radiology and urology.

“There have been continuous upgrades here,” he said of Oak Hill. “The nursing care is unbelievable. … The ER rivals much larger (hospitals).”

“It’s a privilege to come here and actually practice here,” he said.

Dr. Xavier Jenkins has performed more than 1,000 robotic assisted surgeries. In the 2000s he practiced in Minnesota and Missouri but visited friends and family in Hernando County.

Asked why he chose Oak Hill, he said he wanted to work in a hospital that offered his specialties, but most important his values.

As for Smith, the CEO said his own job won’t be done until Oak Hill becomes “the place to work, bring families, and bring doctors.”

Meanwhile, he expects the number of patients, and employees, from Citrus County to keep growing.


Source:  Citrus County Chronicle

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

The city issued a permit Feb. 8 for an almost $7.4 million build-out for Mayo Clinic in the Mangurian Building at Mayo’s South Jacksonville campus.

“This project is to support the need for more space for our research efforts. The first phase of this project will allow space for our neuroscience research teams while the second phase is not yet defined,” spokesman Kevin Punsky said.

He said construction should be completed by November.

The Robins & Morton Group of Orlando is the contractor for the 38,720-square-foot project on the fifth floor of the building on Mayo’s campus at 4500 San Pablo Road S.

Plans show build-out for laboratory space.

Mayo opened the five-story, 190,000-square-foot medical building for patients needing cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care in August 2018.

Named after benefactors Dorothy J. and Harry T. Mangurian Jr., the building also houses patient-centered research and clinical trials.

Services at the building include cancer and neurology care; a chemotherapy infusion center; clinical studies offices; and laboratory services.


Source:  Jacksonville Daily Record

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The School District of Palm Beach County selected leading workplace wellness provider, CareATC Inc., to launch the district’s first-ever medical clinic now open for school district employees and their dependents who have a district medical plan.

Services at the clinic include full service primary care, free preventative treatment, vaccinations, lab work and more.

“We believe this will make it easier for employees and their families to get the care they need at a lower price,” says Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy. “The clinic is a great asset and another step forward as we continue to support wellness through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The School District of Palm Beach County is the tenth largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the State of Florida serving more than 197,000 students. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has 22,600 employees, including more than 12,900 teachers.

“During these unprecedented times, innovative approaches to care are needed now more than ever,” says Greg Bellomy, CareATC Chief Executive Officer. “While our model of care caters to an array of industries and sectors, we believe that public entities, whose roles are essential for our society, need the unique capabilities that CareATC can bring to their employees and beneficiaries. We are proud and honored to have the School District of Palm Beach Country join our growing network of employer-sponsored primary care clinics in Southeast Florida.”

The clinic is located in Building E at district headquarters located at 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.


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An Orlando developer wants wants to redevelop 6 acres south of downtown Orlando for a mixed-use project.

BluRock Commercial Real Estate LLC is seeking approvals for 82,000 square feet of medical office and 143 residential units east of Drennen Road and South Orange Avenue, according to city of Orlando records. The project, called Southern Oaks, may cost $43.6 million to build, based on industry standards.

The population growth south of downtown Orlando likely is driving demand for medical office use. “It’s pent-up demand,” Watson said.


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blount wildwood project

Wildwood commissioners Monday cleared the way for a massive $110-million development northwest of Powell Road and County Road 44A behind the Wildwood Community Center.

Commissioners gave final approval to a comprehensive plan amendment for the project after it was reviewed by state officials because it is a development of regional impact. They also approved a zoning change to central mixed use for the 36-acre property recently annexed to Wildwood.

Development director Melanie Peavy said the city is negotiating an agreement with Blount Development Group that spells out the responsibilities of the company and the city.

Built on land once occupied by a Wildwood ranch, the project is expected to include at least 320 one- to three-bedroom, non-age-restricted apartments, 150 senior independent living apartments and 100,000 square feet of medical office space.

With the city’s legal approval completed, construction of the first phase could begin this spring or early summer, according to developer Rick Blount, a resident of the Village of Bridgeport at Lake Sumter.

The property includes wetlands, surface waters and flood zones and the developer is required to preserve these areas or allow for mitigation by working with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Environmental resource permits may be needed.

The project will add 8,260 daily trips to area roads, according to a traffic analysis that also recommends adding westbound and eastbound turn lanes on CR 44A.

A lifelong resident of Lake and Sumter counties, Blount’s past projects include HarborChase assisted living center north of Powell Road.


Source:  Villages-News

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Baptist Health South Florida and the Altman Cos. are teaming up for a multifamily and medical development in Kendall.

The nonprofit health care organization filed a pre-application with county officials for Altis Baptist Kendall. It would be developed on the 14.5-acre site at 9501 S.W. 137th Ave., at the northeast corner of Southwest 96th Street. It’s about eight blocks south of Kendall Drive, near the Calusa neighborhood.

Boca Raton-based Altman Cos. would build the residential portion of the project, while Baptist Health would build a 57,100-square-foot medical office building with 190 parking spaces. The three-story building would include a free-standing emergency department, which would allow Baptist Health to treat emergency patients who don’t require an overnight hospital stay.


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